Florida Senate Passes Textbook Bill
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s school districts will be required to review and select textbooks under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.
The Senate on Friday voted 21-19 for the bill which was pushed in response to a backlash over national education standards called Common Core. The bill was also inspired by complaints over a high school world history textbook that some said gave too much attention to Islam.
School boards currently select textbooks from a list drawn up by the Florida Department of Education.
Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said the legislation was needed so that school board members will be accountable to parents and voters.
Opponents complained it would cost districts money to review textbooks. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said she was worried the bill would lead to censorship.
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